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The Newsletter of the NYLA Sustainability Initiative

May 2019


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These organizations have been certified as a Green Business as part of the Sustainable Library Certification Program. Certification with the GBP is the first phase of the certification process for public libraries.

  • Hendrick Hudson Free Library
  • Kirkland Town Library
  • Lindenhurst Memorial Library
  • North Babylon Public  Library
  • Saratoga Springs Public Library
  • Suffolk Cooperative Library System

Hendrick Hudson Free Library and Saratoga Springs Public Library have both received full Certification as a Sustainable Library by NYLA. That means they’ve proven board and staff commitment to sustainability in 12 distinct areas of the organization including policy, collections, energy and materials use, community partnerships and more. Don’t delay, get with the program today!

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The Wood Library in Canandaigua, NY joined forces with several organizations at their town’s Earthapalooza celebration on Earth Day this year. Crowds of interested folks were able to connect and learn from community organizations like the Citizens Climate Lobby, Climate Smart Canandaigua, Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Wegmans, and Ontario County Soil and Water. Workshops were offered on composting and recycling, bikes were tuned up and repaired for the spring courtesy of Dream Bikes of Rochester, and an electric vehicle charging station was demonstrated in the parking lot. Books, purses, eye glasses, toner cartridges, shoes and clothing, and plastic bags were collected for repurpose. “There is a huge interest in sustainability and with the City of Canandaigua recently receiving the bronze certification for a climate smart community from the Lieutenant Governor, the library has a perfect partner in sustainability.  I am very excited to continue down this path,” says Executive Director Jenny Goodemote.

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Plastic Bag Recycling Station


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Electric Vehicle Info


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Dream Bikes was on hand to fix bikes


Members of the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association

Wood Library is a member of the Sustainable Library Certification Program. Says Goodemote, “The online tool has been a huge help and has really made us all think differently about what we are doing and the impact it has.  (Farewell vending machine and space heaters!)” Their first step was to adopt an Environmental Policy in February of this year, which is proudly featured on their website.

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The Great Give Back is a statewide day of service made possible by public libraries! This event offers an amplified platform to showcase the good work many libraries are already doing to connecting citizens willing to help with needs in their community – from cleaning up local parks and playgrounds, to holding Repair Cafes, to writing letters to soldiers and so much more! - and to highlight the public library’s evolving role as a community hub. This event is designed to help libraries get more visibility and good press for the great work they are usually already doing!

The Great Give Back will be held on October 19th, 2019 as a pilot project to expand this well-received initiative from Long Island to the rest of New York, and MHLS libraries have the opportunity to be part of something BIG! Thank you to the Suffolk County Public Library Directors Association and the Suffolk Cooperative Library System for sharing this opportunity with the rest of the state.

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Did you participate in New York Reads Drawdown during March and April? Thank you to the libraries that took the opportunity to help the people they serve work with the solutions proposed in Drawdown to reverse global warming! As part of a first state-wide ebook club, over 500 people downloaded the Drawdown ebook from OverDrive (sponsored for by the NYLA-SI). Libraries all over NY State held almost 40 programs with over 500 attendees. Programs included book discussions, film viewings, composting, alternative energy info, crafts, artwork, Repair Café and more. Working together we can make an impact to reverse global warming! Send your pix to nyla-si@nyla.org.

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South Huntington Library

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Starr Lirbary

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Newburgh Free Library

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In December 2018 the NYLA Council approved our petition to move from a committee to a round table. The SUSTAINABLE THINKING & ACTION ROUND TABLE (START) is here!

Join us today by logging in to your personal NYLA account, click ‘Personal Record Detail’ from the left-hand menu – then click on ‘Add Sections / Round Tables’ from the list of options at the top.

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